Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Theory, Research, and Treatment

By Ross G. Menzies; Padmal De Silva | Go to book overview

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
Tamsen St. Clare
INTRODUCTION
The importance of using psychometrically sound measures of obsessivecompulsive symptoms in both research and clinical settings is widely recognised. Likewise, it is generally accepted that the assessment measures should evolve in accordance with current theoretical and clinical developments, so that we are able to evaluate contemporary theories and treatments effectively (e.g. Obsessive-Compulsive Cognitions Working Group, 1997; Taylor, 1998). Although there are some reliable and valid instruments available for assessing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the popular treatment outcome measures have been restricted predominantly to the domains of diagnosis and symptom description.Current theories of OCD emphasise the importance of cognitive variables in the aetiology and maintenance of the disorder (Foa & Kozak, 1986; Jones & Menzies, 1997a, 1997b; Salkovskis, 1989c; Tallis, 1995a, 1995b; see further, Chapter 4). There appear to be three levels of cognition essential to the disorder: (a) intrusions—the unwanted thoughts, impulses and images that sufferers experience; (b) appraisals of specific events, particularly appraisals of the significance or meaning of intrusions; and (c) dysfunctional assumptions or beliefs that are enduring and relate to many situations (Obsessive Compulsive Cognitions Working Group, 1997). It is therefore important that assessment of OCD incorporate not just measurement of diagnostic symptoms, but also measurement of these cognitive constructs. In brief, a thorough assessment of OCD should include the following:
Diagnosis. Reliable and valid diagnostic instruments are essential to ensure accurate classification of subjects in research and clinical settings. The availability of psychometrically sound diagnostic measures contributes to the standardisation of diagnostic procedures across studies.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Theory, Research and Treatment.

Edited by Ross G. Menzies and Padmal de Silva. © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

-239-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Theory, Research, and Treatment
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 432

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.